Bookworks Presents Today's Shelf Awareness for Readers
One hundred years ago, World War I began when the Austro-Hungarian Empire invaded Serbia in retaliation for the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28. In a matter of weeks, Germany invaded France and neutral Luxembourg and Belgium, Austria-Hungary and Russia attacked each other, and Russia invaded Germany. Both sides believed the war would be over by the end of the year, but, of course, it lasted for another four years. By its end, some 16 million people had been killed and the maps of Europe and the Middle East were redrawn. Sadly, because of the short-sightedness of the victors, the settlement of the war sowed the seeds for World War II, an even deadlier, ghastlier war, and the redrawn borders didn't usually take ethnic and religious differences into account, setting the stage for many conflicts that continue to rage today.
With the help of three very knowledgeable booksellers and Shelf Awareness's own Marilyn Dahl, we have compiled recommended titles for readers interested in learning more about and understanding "the war to end all wars"--one of the most erroneous nicknames in history. The list is divided into fiction, nonfiction and children's titles and originally appeared in Shelf Awareness's Pro edition, our daily e-mail newsletter for the book industry. Titles range from classics such as Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Lawrence of Arabia's memoir,Good-bye to All That by Robert Graves, August 1914 by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman to A Century of November, a 2005 novel by W.D. Wetherell, about a man who travels from Canada to Belgium to visit the exact spot where his son died in battle. Clickhere and here to read about two dozen highly recommended titles that illuminate the Great War. --John Mutter, editor-in-chief, Shelf Awareness